Tour of old road through Jemez Mountains

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The road that we now know as N.M. 4, used to be a major route into the Jemez Mountains for homesteaders before its designation as a State Road in 1935. On Oct. 12, Dorothy Hoard will lead a historical hike along sections of abandoned roads that preceded the designation of N.M. 4. Throughout the hike, Hoard will point out pre-1930s roads, old mountain routes and more.

The hike will be divided into two parts, each about a mile and a half in length, and the group will return to the parking area in between. The route is not steep, but due to the fact that it was affected by the fires, some detours will be necessary. There will be some sections of off-trail hiking, so Hoard encourages participants to bring hiking poles if they are accustomed to using them.  

“This hike will explore the old logging and stock road that crept up the mountainside before present day State Road 4 was built,” explains Hoard. “We will view the routes and construction methods before the advent of bulldozers.” Hoard added that she plans to share some of the pre-World War II history of the area during the hike.

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